EUGENE, Ore. -- Two dog owners have been cited in the attack that killed at least three sheep near west Eugene on Wednesday, Lane County spokeswoman Devon Ashbridge said.
Jose Paredes and Dylan Lee Hatch put their dogs down after an eyewitness identified the animals as having attacked the sheep. Numerous sheep were hurt, and at least five appeared to have life-threatening injuries.
Ashbridge said Paredes and Hatch were cited with a class A violation, punishable by a $435 fine. The two may need to pay additional restitution to the sheep's owner, who could also pursue a civil case, she said.
Because Paredes and Hatch killed the dogs, there won’t be a behavioral component in the court proceedings, which can include requirements such as fencing, leashes and more.
Ashbridge said they can’t determine if the same two dogs were involved in an earlier sheep killing in the same area because no one witnessed that attack. About 40 sheep were killed in that incident.